Agenda Item Details
Day 3   Sunday Nov 10, 2019
10:00 - 11:30am
Presentation: Concurrent Session F02 – Vulnerable Populations

F02-a Nursing Practices to Address Perinatal Substance Use in Acute Care Settings



The purpose is to highlight opportunities in nursing practice to support and empower pregnant and newly parenting women using substances in their journey of care.


Learning Objectives:

Following this session, participants will have an enhanced understanding of: 

1. Applying values and guiding principles in practice when working with pregnant and newly parenting women using substances.

2. Consider adaptation of specific maternity practices (safe sleep, skin to skin contact, breastfeeding for pregnant and newly parenting women using substances.

3. Enhance mother baby togetherness for women using substances in clinical settings.



Pamela Joshi, RN, MN, PhD(c), Project Manager, Provincial Perinatal Substance Use Project, BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Denise Bradshaw, MSW, Director, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Raj Johal, RN, ADPN, BC Women's Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada


F02-b Apprehension of a Newborn at Birth: What Birth Mothers Want



The purpose of this study was to explore birth mothers’ experiences with nurses and other health care providers when newborn apprehension occurs around the time of birth.


Learning Objectives:

1. How do birth mothers describe the experience of having their newborn apprehended at birth?

2. To what extent does the disenfranchised grief framework account for the experiences described by birth mothers?

3. How can nurses better support birth mothers who have experienced newborn apprehension in their healthcare status?



Natasha Parmar, RN, BScN, MScN (c), Student, University of Ottawa, Mississauga, ON, Canada



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